Ambrose and Friends
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet; Dayna Stephens, tenor saxophone; Julian
Lage, guitar; Taylor Eigsti, piano; Harish Raghavan, bass; Zach Harmon,
****Ambrose Akinmusire Moved to Dinkelspiel***
Due to unexpected demand
Wednesday, July 30 | 7:30 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
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“While he may shrink from renown, Akinmusire
is poised and confident on the bandstand, a resourceful player with
a fat, crackling tone and a plethora of ideas.” – San
What Stanford Jazz audiences have long known is now international jazz
news: trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is the real deal. Ambrose has been
a favorite performer and teacher at the SJW for years, and with his first
place finish in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition,
he has cemented his reputation as one of the most promising jazz artists
of his generation. As an improviser, he takes big risks that always seem
to pay off brilliantly, and his expressive trumpet sound has an almost
vocal quality that draws the listener in. His unique style reflects his
diverse influences, including classical music, pop, and the avant-garde.
An alumnus of Berkeley High School, he has a master’s degree from
USC and studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Monk Institute.
Ambrose has performed with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Vijay Iyer,
Yosvany Terry, and Stefon Harris, to name but a few, and he is featured
on keyboardist Alan Pasqua’s acclaimed 2007 album The Antisocial
Ambrose Akinmusire web site
Q&A with Ambrose Akinmusire
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
I can remember listening to a lot of my mothers LP’s … my
had a lot of blues & gospel records so I remember listening to
things like Bobby Bland , James Cleveland but the one that I loved
in the beginning and still do today was/is Aretha Franklin’s
Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
I don’t have a favorite. Fortunately for me a have the opportunity
play with a lot of beautiful musicians under 30 because not only
are they my friends but my peers . But I must say those Berkeley
high Kids are KILLINNNN!!!!!
What job would you have if you weren’t
a jazz musician?
Ha! Maybe a Psychiatrist … not because I think I have answers
anything like that. I just love to listen - you learn more this way.
getting to know where people are coming from in everyday life and
on the bandstand.
What’s your favorite food?
Mozzarella, tomato, and basil on bread - toasted … pretty simpe
What’s the most exotic place you’ve
traveled to as a musician?
Exotic? Well every place that I travel to that I haven’t been
has the same level of exoticism in it. Lets go with prettiest place …
by far India.
What’s the last book you’ve
Like I said above I like to really see where people are coming from
so the majority of what I read are interviews or autobiographies. I
just finished Quincy Jones’s autobiography and also a book of
Konitz interviews by Andy Hamilton.
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead (with
whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Bjork and Joni Mitchell because they are truly invested in the moment!!!
What’s your favorite tune?
What’s your favorite thing about being
a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
Watching that Light Bulb turn on.
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Anywhere people aren’t talking while I’m playing.
Who is your greatest musical influence?
Cora Campbell, Shabnam Piryaei, Steve Coleman, Wayne Shorter,
Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have
three recordings with you, what would they be?
Any records from the following people: Betty Carter, BJork, and Joni
How much do you practice each week?
I spend 20 – 40 hours a week on my horn.
What hobbies do you have?
I don’t believe in hobbies.
Do you have a favorite music-related joke (that can be told in mixed
What did the theory teacher say to the music student?
You’re playing the wrong notes over the chords.
HAAAAAAAA! That one gets me everytime!!!!
When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances
or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
Professional? Man this is getting out of hand with all of the labeling
and name-calling. Nothing has really changed from day one ‘til
in my relationship with music. I loved it and had fun then and I still
now. For me, a professional musician is someone who has fun with
music and couldn’t live without it – not just someone who makes
money by playing – ha, that’s the easy part!
If you were to describe your music as a color, what color
would it be and why?
Alright I couldn’t think of anything clever to say to this answer
I’ll go with brown because it’s my favorite color and I’m